Mark Braunstein, MD
Mark L Braunstein MD teaches health informatics as a graduate seminar and via the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in the field. His text,Contemporary Health Informatics, was published in the spring of 2014. He published Health Informatics in the Cloud, a brief guide to health informatics for physicians and other nontechnical readers in 2012. As research faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina in the early 1970s he was a pioneer in EMR development and had one of only four fully operational systems reported to Congress by the Office of Technology Assessment in 1977. In the mid-1970s, he oversaw the development of a community wide health information exchange in rural Hampton County, SC. The system included integrated multidisciplinary problem-oriented management of patients, population health and quality reporting. Based on it, he developed an early commercial clinical pharmacy system that was deployed nationwide by the U.S. Military (TRIMIS) and Kaiser. He went on to do early work on home-care EMRs and home telemedicine. At the Tennenbaum Institute, he is involved in research in healthcare process mining. As Associate Director of the Institute for People and Technology, he is involved in community outreach aimed at the wider and deeper adoption of HIT to improve the quality and efficiency of care delivery. He was a section author of the State of Georgia's proposal to ONC for its health information exchange. In addition, he is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics and an invited contributor to the Information Week HealthCare blog.